#1607

2018-03-01

Signature of Isaiah

With Clyde Billington

We report the announcement of the discovery of a seal impression (bulla) that’s being connected to the prophet Isaiah, who wrote the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. The seal impression was dug up in 2009 in excavations at the Ophel, near the Temple Mount by archaeologist Eilat Mazar. The name on the bulla is clearly Isaiah, in Hebrew characters. In the lower register, it could say prophet but the word is incomplete. But this bulla was found just a few feet from another bulla of Hezekiah, King of Judah. And Hezekiah and Isaiah are linked in the same verse in the Bible 15 times. So Bible scholars will be debating about this bulla for years to come.

tags: Jerusalem Ophel Eilat Mazar Bulla Hezekiah Isaiah

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#1515

2016-03-01

Hezekiah's Seal and Iron-Age Farmhouse

With Clyde Billington

In this program we take a look at some of the news digest items from the Winter issue of ARTIFAX magazine that has just been published. The news items involve the discovery of a seal impression from King Hezekiah’s official seal (pictured), as well as the discovery of an Iron Age Farmhouse and a Byzantine monastery at Rosh Ha-‘Ayin (near Tel Aphek where I volunteered on an excavation in 1978), and the discovery of a Canaanite citadel at Nahariya, on the coast north of Akko.

tags: Canaanites Hezekiah Aphek Farmhouse

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#1317

2012-02-16

Pollen Detectives at Ramat Rachel

With Patrick Geyer

Tel Aviv University archaeologists worked with an archaeobotanist to find ancient pollen preserved in the plaster of ancient walls, to determine what plants were planted in a royal garden at Ramat Rachel, the site of a palace of the Judean Kings from Hezekiah through the Hasmonean period. The second part of this program is a 1996 interview with palynologist Patrick Geyer of the University of San Diego, on how he does his pollen research at Bethsaida and other sites.

tags: Pollen Ramat Rachel Bethsaida Patrick Geyer

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#1294

2011-08-24

Temple Mount Theories, Hezekiah’s Pool, and Tel Shikmona

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Another round-up of the latest news in Biblical Archaeology: a Temple Mount theory from Israel Finkelstein (and a hush-hush report from the Israeli Comptroller’s office), The Acra Fortress, Hezekiah’s Pool is not the pool at the end of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, and Tel Shikmona just might have the most perfect four-room house discovered by Israeli archaeologists twice.

tags: Jerusalem Finkelstein Temple Mount Comptroller's Report Acra Fortress Hezekiah's Pool Tel Shikmona

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